Driver Charged in Deadly New Year's Day Crash

Zachariah Silvestri is charged with second-degree manslaughter and DUI.

A former Moosup man was arrested Monday in connection with a crash in Plainfield that killed a passenger in his car.

According to police, Zachariah Silvestri, 22, lost control of his Ford Explorer at 2:10 a.m. on Jan. 1. The SUV hit a tree off Spaulding Road and flipped over and landed on its roof. Silvestri and his front seat passenger, Trevor Swabby, 21, both survived the crash.

Cory Carlson, 21, who was in the rear seat, was ejected and died at the scene. Carlson had to be identified by fingerprints to the severity of his injuries, police said.

Police obtained a warrant for Silvestri, who now lives in Long Island City, New York. The warrant charges Silvestri with second-degree manslaughter and operating under the influence. He turned himself into police Monday morning.

Silvestri was released on $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Danielson Superior Court on Jan. 22.

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